Beef cattle awaiting slaughter in a corral. Fabio Nascimento via MongaBay

Most slaughterhouses in Brazilian Amazon operating without commitment to monitor their supply chains

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Over half of the slaughterhouses in the Brazilian Amazon are failing to monitor the farms that supply them with cattle, flooding domestic and international markets with beef of unknown origin from a country beleaguered by illegal ranching.

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UK supermarkets found stocking beef linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A recent case study suggests the EU is failing in its promises to tackle its role in driving tropical forest destruction. British supermarket chains were found to be stocking corned beef from a firm fined millions of dollars for purchasing cattle reared on illegally deforested land in Brazil. Meanwhile, European imports of beef from the Latin American country are rising in lockstep with the deforestation rate.

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The five forest blocks analysed in WCS's forthcoming study. Image courtesy for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Illicit cattle ranching drives 23 percent decline in Central America’s three biggest forest blocks

Monday, August 7th, 2017

The three largest forest blocks in Central America have shrunk by 23 percent in the past 15 years, almost entirely due to illegal cattle ranching, according to a forthcoming study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Inadequate enforcement enables illegalities to flourish in Brazil’s beef supply chain

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Cattle from illegally deforested land plays a significant role in Brazil’s domestic beef supply chain, as an absence of clear tracking data enables ranchers to move cattle from illegal land to legally registered properties shortly before selling them to slaughter houses.

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IBAMA, the Brazilian environmental enforcement agency, carries out an operation on the banks of the Jamanxim River. Photo: IBAMA, used under the Creative Commons license

Rollback of environmental protections stokes violence in the Brazilian Amazon

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The rollback of environmental protections in Brazil continued through July, with campaigners warning that the changes encourage land grabs, illegal deforestation, and violence against activists and enforcement officials.

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Bullock enclosure located within the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve

Indigenous stewards identify growing threat posed by ranchers within Nicaraguan forest reserve

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The indigenous government which manages 70 percent of a Nicaraguan reserve the size of Luxembourg has condemned illegal deforestation by ranchers seeking land for pasture.

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Major US pension fund invested in illegal deforestation

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

One of the largest pension funds in the USA has invested millions of dollars in the palm oil sector, including in companies repeatedly exposed for illegal deforestation, according to a new report.

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Recently deforested areas in Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.  Photo by Michelle Carrere for Mongabay

Booming beef exports fuel forest clearances and violence in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Reserve

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Booming beef exports are fuelling illegal land sales, forest clearances and violent conflict in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, home to one of Central America’s last remaining pockets of Intact Forest Landscape.

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Cattle being raised on a ranch embargoed by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency ©Piero Locateli / Repórter Brasil

World’s largest beef producer fined after buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land in Brazil

Monday, March 27th, 2017

JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has bought livestock raised in illegally deforested areas in the state of Para, according to a recent investigation by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency. Greenpeace has cut ties with the company, a pioneer of ‘zero deforestation’ pledges, as a result.

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Brazilian presidential decree “a Christmas present to land grabbers”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

New analysis published by the NGO Imazon has found that the downgrading of protection for a huge area of rainforest last December was “a Christmas present to land grabbers”, which will encourage them to continue to illegally occupy land throughout the Amazon.

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False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.

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Greenpeace denounces amnesty to illegal cattle ranchers in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Forest

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Brazilian government has watered-down the protection afforded to Jamanxim, in a move Greenpeace describes as a further amnesty for people illegal clearing rainforest.

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Hacking, wiretaps, slavery and money laundering: How agents and indigenous people busted a massive Bad Ag gang in Brazil

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Until his arrest earlier this year, one of the biggest forest destroyers in the history of the Amazon operated a large and sophisticated criminal network from his base in Sao Paulo’s upper class neighbourhood of Jardins.

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Indigenous communities face violence from agribusiness in Argentina

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Members of the Yaki Cachi Bajo Hondo indigenous community have suffered harassment, threats and violent attacks by armed groups connected to agribusiness interests in the north of the country.

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Soy and cattle driving wave of illegal deforestation in Argentina

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Greenpeace report outlines consistent violations of the Forest Law in conversion of forests for soy and cattle ranching.

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